Croatia Grand Chess Tour Event in Zagreb

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Croatia Grand Chess Tour Event in Zagreb

Post by David Sedgwick » Tue Jun 25, 2019 11:50 am

The first of the two Classical chess events in this year's Grand Chess Tour takes place in Zagreb, Croatia, from Wednesday 26th June until Monday 8th July.

Round 1 26th June; Round 11 7th July; Rest Day 2nd July; Tiebreaks if required 8th July.

Play starts each day (except 2nd July) at 1530 BST.

Time Limit: All moves in 130 minutes with 30 seconds delay throughout.

Players: Viswanathan Anand, Levon Aronian, Fabiano Caruana, Magnus Carlsen, Ding Liren, Anish Giri, Sergey Karjakin, Shakriyar Mamedyarov, Hikaru Nakamura, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Wesley So, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave.

The draw will take place during the Opening Ceremony at 1600 today, Tuesday 25th June. I shall post a link to the pairings on here later, unless someone beats me to it.
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Re: Croatia Grand Chess Tour Event in Zagreb

Post by Roger de Coverly » Tue Jun 25, 2019 12:09 pm

David Sedgwick wrote:
Tue Jun 25, 2019 11:50 am

Time Limit: All moves in 130 minutes with 30 seconds delay throughout.
Interesting to see how they handle this relatively unusual time control. It's two and half hours to move 40, which was the traditional "long" time control. Rather than adjourn, anyone playing at that pace nowadays would have to play the rest of the game out at 30 second increments.

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Re: Croatia Grand Chess Tour Event in Zagreb

Post by David Sedgwick » Wed Jun 26, 2019 11:17 am

The pairings are now available at http://chess-results.com/tnr448344.aspx?lan=1&art=2.

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Re: Croatia Grand Chess Tour Event in Zagreb

Post by Paul Cooksey » Wed Jun 26, 2019 12:31 pm

I see Carlsen has a 5/6 split between white and black again. He has been consistently unlucky ever since the fashion for a blitz tournament for starting numbers ended. Karma I suppose.

I'm not a betting man, but making him odds on to win in such a field strikes me as surprising.

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Re: Croatia Grand Chess Tour Event in Zagreb

Post by David Sedgwick » Wed Jun 26, 2019 1:05 pm

Paul Cooksey wrote:
Wed Jun 26, 2019 12:31 pm
I see Carlsen has a 5/6 split between white and black again. He has been consistently unlucky ever since the fashion for a blitz tournament for starting numbers ended. Karma I suppose.
That will even out. At the Sinquefield Cup, the second and final Classical event in this year's GCT, the pairings will be the same as in Zagreb but with the colours reversed.

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Re: Croatia Grand Chess Tour Event in Zagreb

Post by Richard Bates » Wed Jun 26, 2019 2:41 pm

Roger de Coverly wrote:
Tue Jun 25, 2019 12:09 pm
David Sedgwick wrote:
Tue Jun 25, 2019 11:50 am

Time Limit: All moves in 130 minutes with 30 seconds delay throughout.
Interesting to see how they handle this relatively unusual time control. It's two and half hours to move 40, which was the traditional "long" time control. Rather than adjourn, anyone playing at that pace nowadays would have to play the rest of the game out at 30 second increments.
Delay, not increments?

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Re: Croatia Grand Chess Tour Event in Zagreb

Post by David Sedgwick » Wed Jun 26, 2019 3:35 pm

Richard Bates wrote:
Wed Jun 26, 2019 2:41 pm
Delay, not increments?
That is correct.

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Re: Croatia Grand Chess Tour Event in Zagreb

Post by Angus French » Wed Jun 26, 2019 3:50 pm

Live coverage (from the official site).

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Re: Croatia Grand Chess Tour Event in Zagreb

Post by Nick Grey » Wed Jun 26, 2019 5:55 pm

This black/white looks fine for Magnus. h5/g5 and close to winning.

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Re: Croatia Grand Chess Tour Event in Zagreb

Post by David Robertson » Wed Jun 26, 2019 6:51 pm

Giri - Carlsen a startling win for Carlsen. He's re-inventing the game, not just re-inventing his own play. Impact of AlphaZero, perhaps?

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Re: Croatia Grand Chess Tour Event in Zagreb

Post by Christopher Kreuzer » Wed Jun 26, 2019 7:07 pm

Wow. Only 23 moves. Maybe Giri missed 21...Qa8 which left White's king in the firing line of the queen and advancing pawns (while his own queen was stranded on a4). David is right, a very AlphaZero-esque game.

That moves Carlsen to 2876 in the live ratings, only 6 points behind the 2882 (published) record (the live rating record is 2889), which must surely be broken sooner rather than later with Carlsen on this sort of form. Though 2900 may be more difficult.

PS. Quality of some of the other games less impressive. Are some of the players struggling with this time control?

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Re: Croatia Grand Chess Tour Event in Zagreb

Post by Matt Mackenzie » Wed Jun 26, 2019 7:30 pm

Three wins already and So should beat Ding in addition - no "draw death" here it seems :)
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Re: Croatia Grand Chess Tour Event in Zagreb

Post by Steven DuCharme » Wed Jun 26, 2019 9:53 pm

69 unbeaten games for Maggie
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Post by Mick Norris » Thu Jun 27, 2019 8:47 am

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Re: Croatia Grand Chess Tour Event in Zagreb

Post by NickFaulks » Thu Jun 27, 2019 12:01 pm

Paul Cooksey wrote:
Wed Jun 26, 2019 12:31 pm
I'm not a betting man, but making him odds on to win in such a field strikes me as surprising.
I am, and when Tiger Woods occupied a similar position I made money by consistently betting against him to win Majors, at daft odds. I considered a similar strategy with Carlsen but I'm not doing it.

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